Phishing Grows Up?

This morning I got an email ostensibly from American Express, asking me to set up a ‘SafeKey’ to add an extra level of protection to my online purchases.   It looks legit. One of the first things I do is hover my mouse pointer over the supplied link- often the link will say it goes to Amex but the tooltip that appears when you hover says something like http://nastymalware.com/fakeamexsite.html and you know it’s fake. This one goes to amexssafekey.com (don’t click on that by the way!) That’s interesting,...

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DeployStudio Cram Notes

I’ve been toying with DeployStudio for a little while now and am growing to love it. However I find myself referring back to this video a lot because it has a lot of detail without a lot of fluff.   In order to improve the signal to noise ratio even further, here are my shorthand notes on how to set up a DeployStudio server- I made the notes because it is kind of annoying to have to start and stop a 20 minute video all the time, these notes allow me to blast through each step as fast as I can read. OK not quite that fast….....

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Creating Open Directory Master and Replica in ESXi

Had a weird issue this week- in preparation for an overseas trip I am trying to make all of the infrastructure a bit more robust. In doing that I created a new Open Directory Master server and attempted to set up at least one Replica running under ESXi. But no matter what I did, it kept failing. Now I’ve been doing this for a long time and though I had it fairly well polished by now, but obviously something very odd is happening. So I went back and created the server on a real Mac with no host abstraction- and it worked straight away!...

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Options for Buying Office 2016

This is important because there might never be an Office 2018- Microsoft appear to be moving to a monthly release schedule without monolithic releases- this means that at some point they will probably stop upgrading Office 2016, but I am confident that they will keep it current for a considerable time because of past history and current actions. Microsoft are currently interacting very positively with the Mac Admin community and the relationship is working very well.   Part of an Office365 subscription ‘Office 365 Business’...

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Servicemax Remote Support for Managers

Here is a quick primer on how to use the Servicemax branded remote support software to remotely access your machines. Go to the Remote Support web page- http://support.servicemax.com.au:8040 You’ll see this-   2. Log in using your Username and Password, and you’ll see something like this-   3. Click on the word ‘Host’ at the top left hand side of the screen, this will show you your list of machines to control. 4. Click on the name of the machine that you wish to remotely control, then click the...

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Virtualising Your Physical Mac Assets- P2V

So I hope you haven’t bothered to read my 2000 word epic about this that I’ve been working on for weeks. It’s essentially a very long laundry list of things that don’t work. After getting VMWare involved I did think however that we might both figure it out, or at least get some pointers. This was until today, when they said ‘oh no, you can’t do that….’ To which I replied ‘yes you can, several people have done it. I just want you to tell me what the easiest or recommended way...

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